Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Libya air strike video: NATO missiles hit Tripoli hard ...

The Libyan capital woke today to the heaviest NATO shelling there since the beginning of the international campaign.Tripoli reports three people were killed and dozens injured during twenty minutes of strikes.

Gaddafi burns soldiers who do not shoot protesters! WAR CRIME ...


NATO helicopters end Kabul hotel siege, 7 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO helicopters fired rockets at gunmen on the rooftop of a besieged Kabul hotel early Wednesday, ending a more than four-hour standoff between militants and police that left at least seven dead and eight others wounded, Afghan officials said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said six suicide bombers attacked the Inter-Continental hotel frequented by Afghan officials and foreign visitors. He said two were killed by hotel guards at the beginning of the attack and four others either blew themselves up or were killed in the airstrike or by Afghan security forces.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the rare, nighttime attack in the capital — an apparent attempt to show that they remain potent despite heavy pressure from coalition and Afghan security forces.
The attackers were heavily armed with machine guns, anti-aircraft weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and grenade launchers, the Afghan officials said. Afghan police rushed to the scene and firefights broke out. They battled for hours with gunmen who took up positions on the roof.
Some Afghan provincial officials were among the 60 to 70 guests staying at the hotel.
Abdul Zahir Faizada, who is head of the local council in Herat province in western Afghanistan, was staying at the hotel. He planned to attend a conference in Kabul on Wednesday to discuss plans for Afghan security forces to take the lead for securing an increasing number of areas of the country between now and 2014 when international forces are expected to move out of combat roles. Afghans across the country were in the city to attend.
"We were locked in a room. Everybody was shooting and firing," said Faizada who was staying at the hotel with the mayor of Herat city and other officials from the province. "I heard a lot of shooting."
Deputy police chief in Kabul, Daoud Amin, said seven people died in the attack and eight other people — two policemen and six civilians — were wounded. The attackers are not counted in that death toll.
Nazar Ali Wahedi, chief of intelligence for Helmand province in the south, called the assailants "the enemy of stability and peace" in Afghanistan.
Wahedi, too, was in town to attend Wednesday's transition conference, which was being held at a government building in the capital.
"Our room was hit by several bullets," Wahedi said. "We spent the whole night in our room."
The attack began around 10:30 p.m. local time Tuesday and ended around 3 a.m. Wednesday.
U.S. Army Maj. Jason Waggoner, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting in Afghanistan, said the helicopters fired on the roof where militants had taken up positions. He said they killed three gunmen and that Afghan security forces clearing the hotel worked their way up to the roof and engaged the remaining insurgents.
As the helicopters attacked and Afghan security forces moved in, four massive explosions rocked the hotel. Officials at the scene said the blasts occurred when security forces either fired on suicide bombers or they blew themselves up.
After the gunmen were killed, the hotel lights that had been blacked out during the attack came back on. Afghan security vehicles and ambulances were removing the dead and wounded from the area.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid quickly claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to the AP, then later issued a statement claiming that Taliban attackers killed guards at a gate and entered the hotel.
"One of our fighters called on a mobile phone and said: 'We have gotten onto all the hotel floors and the attack is going according to the plan. We have killed and wounded 50 foreign and local enemies. We are in the corridors of the hotel now taking guests out of their rooms — mostly foreigners. We broke down the doors and took them out one by one.'"
The Taliban often exaggerate casualties from their attacks. The statement did not disclose the number of attackers, but only said one suicide bomber had died.
A few hours into the clashes, an Afghan National Army commando unit arrived at the scene.
Initially, the U.S.-led military coalition said the Afghan Ministry of Interior had not requested any assistance from foreign forces. But later, the NATO helicopters arrived on the scene at the hotel on a hill overlooking the capital.
Guests inside the hotel said they heard gunfire echoing throughout the heavily guarded building.
Jawid, a guest at the hotel, said he jumped out a one-story window to flee the shooting.
"I was running with my family," he said. "There was shooting. The restaurant was full with guests."
The attack occurred nearly a week after President Barack Obama announced he was withdrawing 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan and would end the American combat role by the end of 2014.
Before the attack began on Tuesday, officials from the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan met in the capital to discuss prospects for making peace with Taliban insurgents to end the nearly decade-long war.
"The fact that we are discussing reconciliation in great detail is success and progress, but challenges remain and we are reminded of that on an almost daily basis by violence," Jawed Ludin, Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister, said at a news conference. "The important thing is that we act and that we act urgently and try to do what we can to put an end to violence."
The Inter-Continental — known widely as the "Inter-Con" — opened in the late 1960s, and was the nation's first international luxury hotel. It has at least 200 rooms and was once part of an international chain. But when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, the hotel was left to fend for itself.
It was used by Western journalists during the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
On Nov. 23, 2003, a rocket exploded nearby, shattering windows but causing no casualties.
Twenty-two rockets hit the Inter-Con between 1992 and 1996, when factional fighting convulsed Kabul under the government of Burhanuddin Rabbani. All the windows were broken, water mains were damaged and the outside structure pockmarked. Some, but not all, of the damage was repaired during Taliban rule.
Attacks in the Afghan capital have been relatively rare, although violence has increased since the May 2 killing of Osama bin Laden in a U.S. raid in Pakistan and the start of the Taliban's annual spring offensive.
On June 18, insurgents wearing Afghan army uniforms stormed a police station near the presidential palace and opened fire on officers, killing nine.
Late last month, a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan police uniform infiltrated the main Afghan military hospital, killing six medical students. A month before that, a suicide attacker in an army uniform sneaked past security at the Afghan Defense Ministry, killing three people.
Other hotels in the capital have also been targeted.
In January 2008, militants stormed Kabul's most popular luxury hotel, the Serena, hunting down Westerners who cowered in a gym during a coordinated assault that killed eight people. An American, a Norwegian journalist and a Philippine woman were among the dead.
A suicide car bomber in December 2009, struck near the home of a former Afghan vice president and a hotel frequented by Westerners, killing eight people and wounding nearly 40 in a neighborhood considered one of Kabul's safest.
And in February 2010, insurgents struck two residential hotels in the heart of Kabul, killing 20 people including seven Indians, a French filmmaker and an Italian diplomat.

The reason for my strike...

                              Human Rights / Documents
Tamara Pérez Aguilera Yris

"My name is Tamara Pérez Aguilera Yris human rights activist, I'm making my decision public  hunger strike from Monday June 20 2011 demanding that this extreme measure to the Castro-communist regime, the  respect my right to freedom of movement and ...

By Angelica Mora

"... On Saturday 18 and he walked near the capital's central park  I was arrested with my husband while trying to medical management  and returned in a police car to Placetas policy, rather where we live, but not before receiving the threat of Captain Orestes political police could not move my home and if they made would be arrested.
Product to the arrest and subsequent house arrest imposed, could not attend today's consultation with a neurologist at 4:00 pm, where I was going to perform a CT head, so that even I'm still not clear diagnosis.
I am aware that my health and body does not bear a prolonged hunger strike but could not recover from the consequences of the blows without being served properly. Nor ask for clemency allow me to travel when my right. I love life and not want to die and sacrifice myself, but I prefer the death with dignity and feeling free to beg my right to live.
From Placetas in central Cuba Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, president of the Feminist Movement for Rosa Parks and Civil Rights  executive member of the Front National Front National Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience Orlando Zapata Tamayo. "


Human Trafficking in Castro's Cuba...

The State Department has just released its 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report.

Once again, Cuba received the lowest ranking (Tier 3), as a country that does not comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
Here's the Report's Cuba summary:

CUBA (Tier 3)

Cuba is a source country for adults and some children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Some Cuban medical professionals assigned to work abroad have claimed that their passports were retained as a means of keeping them in a state of exploitation, thus preventing them from traveling freely. Prostitution of children reportedly occurs in Cuba as prostitution is not criminalized for anyone above 16 years old. The scope of trafficking within Cuba is particularly difficult to gauge due to the closed nature of the government and sparse nongovernmental or independent reporting.

The Government of Cuba does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so. The government did not publicize information about government measures to address human trafficking through prosecution, protection, or prevention efforts during the reporting period.
Now here's a question for the Obama Administration:
According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which mandates this Report, countries on Tier 3 may not receive funding for participation by officials or employees of such governments in educational and cultural exchange programs.

In light of the Administration's focus on educational and cultural exchanges with Castro's Cuba -- is this provision being adhered to?

Capitol Hill Cubans

Pink card given to Raul Castro at Rock festival ...

A Pink Card for Raul Castro

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:
Pink card given to Raul Castro at Rock festival for blocking 3 Porno para Ricardo members from playing concert
Photo by Zdroj: ?TK. Autor: ?TK
Cafe Fuerte reported today that The international festival United Islands of Prague punished Cuban dictator Raul Castro with a "pink card" for having prevented the participation of three members of the punk rock band Porno para Ricardo, invited by the organizers of the event.
"In sports yellow and red cards awarded. We showed a symbolic pink card to Raul Castro to leave the artists alone in peace, "said David Gayde?ka, one of the promoters of the festival, which ended Saturday in the Czech capital.
Read the rest and see some videos of Porno para Ricardo HERE.

Cuba Airs New Photos of Chavez Meeting With Castro

Published June 28, 2011
| Associated Press
New videos and photos of President Hugo Chavez appeared on state television Tuesday night, showing him on his feet and talking with Fidel Castro more than two weeks after undergoing urgent surgery in Cuba.
An aide to the Venezuelan leader said the encounter in Cuba took place earlier in the day.
"We see him recovering," Information Minister Andres Izarra said on state television as the short video clips and photographs were shown of Chavez standing and talking outdoors with Castro.
Cuban state TV also broadcast pictures of the get-together.
They were the first images of Chavez to be released since he appeared with both Fidel and Raul Castro in photographs taken 11 days earlier and published in Cuban media.
But neither the new images nor government officials provided details about Chavez's health. Despite assurances that he is doing well, the lack of information since the government announced June 10 that Chavez had undergone pelvic surgery has spurred talk among Venezuelans that he might be very ill.
Officials did not say when Chavez might return to Venezuela, which next week will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of its independence from Spain.
Chavez seemed healthy and animated as he talked and smiled alongside Castro in a courtyard fringed with trees, and also sitting down indoors. Chavez wore a track suit jacket with the colors of Venezuela's flag while Castro sported a red baseball cap and a blue and white track suit.
"There we are seeing commander Chavez very dynamic," Izarra said, describing the images and adding that he spoke with Chavez earlier Tuesday about government-related issues.
At one point in the video, Chavez and Castro look at a copy of what appears to be the Tuesday edition of Cuba's Communist Party newspaper Granma and are apparently discussing it.
"There we saw the president sharing a moment with Fidel," Izarra said. "They discussed different current events."
The words of Chavez and Castro were inaudible, and Venezuelan folk music played during the short presentation of video clips and photos.
Some of Chavez's political opponents were not convinced Chavez looked healthy in the videos broadcast Tuesday.
"I saw him looking very thin. His face looked very thin," Gustavo Azocar, an opposition politician, said after watching the report.
"I find it strange that state television shows the president talking with Fidel Castro, but it does not broadcast him talking to the country," Azocar added in a telephone interview.
Opposition politicians have complained that the government has not provided adequate information about Chavez's health, and some have suggested the president should temporarily cede his duties to the vice president.
The normally loquacious Chavez, who Venezuelans are used to seeing in near daily television appearances, has been unusually quiet since the surgery more than two weeks ago. In his only comments that have been heard back home, he told Venezuelan state TV on June 12 that the operation removed a pelvic abscess.
His silence and seclusion since then have spurred growing speculation that he might be seriously ill. The leftist president's political allies have insisted he is improving and is firmly in control of affairs in Venezuela.
On state television, Izarra held up a document that he said Chavez had signed earlier Tuesday approving funds for a government housing project.
Izarra's Twitter account carried a message earlier in the day suggesting Chavez is energetically tending to day-to-day duties, but it did not provide details of his health.
The information minister's tweet said Chavez is governing "like a dynamo" following the operation.Cuban state television also broadcast a one-minute segment on the meeting showing the same pictures, including some with Chavez's daughter Rosa sitting with the two men. It said the two longtime friends "reminisced about the past" in the company of family members.
Cuba's report also gave no details about Chavez's health, but said Wednesday afternoon's newscast would offer more information about the encounter.

EFT Archive (Research Alert Group)...Venezuela-Dangerous Liaisons (II) ...

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Venezuela-Dangerous Liaisons (II)

Nelson Maica C
We. The two leaders of Iran and Venezuela, seem to claim that  are very close to and identified with their proposals, with their alliance. Can they be believed? Is it true that statement? Are matter and information that can not hide? ¿An alleged alliance between left, socialist, communist collectivist slavery, primitive and even conservative, for some,  and a theocracy (a form of government in which the government leaders agree with the leaders of religion dominant, and government policies are identical or very influenced by the principles of the dominant religion, usually government claims to govern on behalf of God or a higher power, as specified by the local religion)? In terms of ideologies policies, as theorists, such an alliance is like trying to mix immiscible liquids, water and oil. Contradictions? Maybe. In September 2007 a conference was held at the University of Tehran in order to demonstrate, among other purposes, matching between the two revolutions. Were taken as examples two called revolutionaries, one Iranian and one Cuban. Why not take  a Venezuelan? Does Cuba represents Venezuela? Does Cuba already deleted Venezuela map? Does not Venezuelan red ruler "Revolutionaries" to display for models? At the conference, according certain media, were present some contradictions: faith, religion, by the Iranians, the Communism is the ayatollah's trash is illegal and punishable by death in Iran. The Cuban was not always a communist, not religious  depended on the Soviets, now Venezuela. Did you achieve the revolution? Hunger, imprisonment, death, slavery. The conference would taken as a small sample of what could be gleaned from the Iran's future relationship - the relationship Venezuela.Las bases seem fragile. Cultural differences, ideology, weigh, even when the hold pragmatic expediency. We look any reason at any time can cause abandono.Venezuela e Iran, so far, have put aside their political differences  and ideological and signed economic and diplomatic ties. Han agreed many economic and political agreements for several million. However, these agreements appear to be shown to be more symbolic than practical, for now, given the general crisis Globally, the two nations have very little to offer each other economically. Both based their economies on exports oil as their main source of economic growth. None of the two countries have experience in industries that complement other, neither is able to compete effectively in world markets in industries other than the oil and without resorting to heavy subsidies gubernamentales.Veamos agreement. Veniran tractor factory in Bolivar State, Venezuela. Iran has 31% of the capital. What happened? Are they competing with brands of tractors? Nothing to see, much less in quality, service  and spare parts. They are an assemblage of marks on various parts of the market and capitalist origins and developed: motor, and so on. Its symbolic value is a showcase for the supposed revolution. Deepens  inequalities. What does the Venezuelan government with those red tractors? He delivers his "Social Fund", originated with land "caught", "quite a brute force" by the government were   gives his "soul mates", Bolivia, Nicaragua, and so on. to promote   its influence in those countries. Are used for political purposes proselytizing. There is a lot more deals. Construction of platforms oil deposits of petroleum, automobile, banking, agriculture and dairy products, etc.. There are many. All would imperialist versions. All are aimed at "ending the capitalism, an end to the empire. " Doing business between them,  ends with the empire? All that is priced and paid for and goes to a market. You say. What makes Venezuela in Iran? How you invest and / or work? So far, as reported by the media communication, provides refined petroleum products because Iran   lacks the capacity to produce enough gasoline for example.   They seem to have founded a bank in transportation agreements. Do these agreements have generated economic growth in both countries? It seems not, unless there is verifiable public figures. As if it appears to have generated a message to the empire United States: two countries join forces to stop such empire. So what will the United States? The Iranians have BAT agro industrial Venezuelans? It seems that this  statement is not verifiable. Everything is immersed in a political game international consequences in the short and medium term is to be seen.  Amen to those who are the direct, personal, such amount of dollars at stake. How many dollars will flee to Iran? What would the impact of investing in an assembly plant cars? Will it compete with global brands and their existing technology? The impact will be for your small group of fans, undoubtedly, and no impact to the world economy or for United States or global auto manufacturers. It looks like  an economic strategy for success, and less when in risk of its oil production infrastructure. Luce, rather as an expeditious way to failure. As has always been all trial socialist, communist, collectivist, slave primitivo.El Venezuelan red ruler has been helpful on Iran to provide, supposed to communicate with their friends in Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Nicaragua, Honduras, and so on. A curious fact is that Iran refused to forgive a debt to Nicaragua in spite of all that paraphernalia. Other: When the UN in 2006 by his body International Atomic Energy Agency condemned Iran for its claims nuclear, Venezuela, Cuba and Syria opposed it. The votes at the UN have been exchanged. What are the dangers of this alliance for   Venezuela and the United States and other countries with democracy plural? The international rumors published in certain media global communication, pointing to an alleged permissibility and complicity of Venezuela with regard also to the guerrillas in everywhere and particularly of Hezbollah, who has grown recently and allegedly recorded presence in Latin America now. The Department of Treasury of the United States through the office of Foreign Assets Control, which investigates alleged seems presence and activity of Hezbollah in Venezuela. Follow the próximo.Nota 01. Does the military invasion of Honduras announced an essay  of future war "axis of evil" and "the band and / or gang" against  Use? Do you use fell into a trap set by the "axis of evil" and " gang "with the case in Honduras? Do the Honduran military acted following orders from "the gang" and / or Caracas and / or orders from whom? Why Venezuelan President speaks and acts as if he owned, master of Honduras and others? 02. Why the opposition and leadership  Venezuelan politics with the military abandoned to their fate? It is part of society and also requires significant relationships  relative to other sectors and in relation to politics because should be under civil political society under civilian command. Is I leave to the mercy of the communist coup and Cubans? Do the best trained abandoned and / or in that? To those who leave? Society  calendar to retrieve its military component. 

"Acceptance of oppression by the oppressed just for being an accomplice; cowardice is consent, there is solidarity and participation shameful between the government does wrong and the people let him do. " Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French novelist. 
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